Art of the Day: Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, 1600-01

  December 10th, 2010

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       Caravaggio, The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, 1600-01


The tension, the tumult, the vectors and cross-rhythms, yes,
But those colors too:
The negative diamond that the red, green, yellow and blue make:
Blood-angry scarlet, nauseous ochre, corrupted green, bruised/drowned blue.
And the black of the croucher’s soiled foot
Which is an ash-black, a necrotic black/deathblack,
Just like that of the redcloaked man’s
Empty face, eaten by black, & his sockets for eyes.

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All writing © copyright C. Way / 2010

[posted by C Way at 11:25 PM]


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